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Evangelist and Bible Professor
Kristova crkva Zagreb

International Christian

International Christian University in Vienna

International Christian University in Vienna Lecturer

Croatian Bible Society

Council of Churches

Visiting Professor In Serbo-Croatian Languages
University of Warsaw

Professor of Linguistics
University of Warsaw

Oklahoma Christian University

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Both of the Gatewoods became language students of Mladen Jovanovic at Zagreb University. Soon after, Mladen became a Christian and was quickly joined by his wife Dragica. They have been serving the Lord in their native Croatia since then.

Mladen serves as pulpit minister to Kuslanova - Zagreb congregation, one of the 12 Croatian churches fully recognized by Croatian authorities. Mladen also teaches at Zagreb Bible Institute and writes and translates Bible-related books. He is the author of Who Are We Christians? and The Way to God , both in the Croatian language.
As the president of the Croatian Bible Society, Mladen recently completed a 12-year project translating the New Testament into modern Croatian language. Dragica serves as a Bible school teacher and coordinator of elementary school classes on religion for Churches of Christ in Croatia.
Mladen and Dragica have three children: son Sasa, electrical engineer, married to Tanja, Ph. D. psychologist; son Tino, stock market spokesman, married to Marina, history teacher; and a daughter, Andrea, fashion designer.

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Croatian church leader Mladen Jovanovic dies at 68

Mladen Jovanovic (PHOTO PROVIDED)
Mladen Jovanovic, longtime church leader in the Central European nation of Croatia, died unexpectedly Sept. 6 after an apparent heart attack.
He was 68.
Jovanovic had just returned to his home in Zagreb, Croatia, after performing a wedding at a Church of Christ in Albania, said Drasko Djenovic, a Church of Christ member in Belgrade, Serbia.
"Mladen Jovanovic was probably the best-known preacher in this part of the world," Djenovic told The Christian Chronicle.
Jovanovic was the first Church of Christ minister in communist Yugoslavia. He helped establish congregations in Zagreb and Belgrade before the Iron Curtain collapsed, Djenovic said. Jovanovic later became the president of the Council of Churches in Croatia.
"Mladen has been one of the strongest Christian examples and most influential leaders in Europe and Eastern Europe for more than 40 years," said Lynn McMillon, CEO, president and editor of the Chronicle.
The Mladen Jovanovic family with broken hearts must inform you that Mladen, our dear husband, father, and grandfather passed away last night, Sept. 6, 2013. It appears that he suffered a massive heart attack and died instantly. All of us are in shock! By all appearances, Mladen was in good health and has been as active as ever in service of Christ and His church.
His sudden death has left all of us stunned and brokenhearted. But we are proud of the life that he lived! His love for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom has served as an example for all. Each of us are blessed by his love of God and the way that he loved our family. His passionate concern for the Church produced a life of faithful service not only in Croatia but throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
The family asks that no flowers be sent. Instead, contributions can be sent to the memorial fund that is being established to honor his life and legacy. Mladen had one dream left unfinished. He wanted to complete plans for a much needed expansion of the church.
In a 2003 interview with the Chronicle, Jovanovic discussed the roles of Churches of Christ in post-Soviet Europe:
How have the Zagreb church's efforts as a relief center in the 1990s influenced the development of the church?
Mladen Jovanovic, early in his ministry. (PHOTO PROVIDED)
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PHOTO PROVIDED BY VLADO PSENKO Mladen Jovanovic, right, and fellow minister Vlado Psenko, review a script for "The Valley of Blessings," a gospel radio program produced by Churches of Christ in Croatia.

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comments Bailey McBride BAILEY MCBRIDE | THE CHRISTIAN CHRONICLE The death of Mladen Jovanovic was a terrible shock to his wife, Dragica, his two sons, his daughter, the church in Zagreb, and churches in the United States and Europe. I first met Mladen when he came to Oklahoma Christian University to serve as visiting missionary for one semester. He taught a Bible class and a course in linguistics. He was a hard-working teacher who made a powerful impression on his students. A few years later he returned to OC when one of his sons was preparing to graduate. On that visit, he traveled almost every weekend to various churches to tell the story of Croatian evangelism. He met many people around the United States and told about the Croatian churches' struggle to have legal identity with the government. Mladen was one of those amazing people who always made others feel that he was their lifelong friend. He was open and caring in ways that elicited respect and honor.
We knew that Mladen had sometimes moved his family to Graz, Austria, to protect them from the war raging in and around Zagreb.
Joy arranged for us to travel to Graz to meet Mladen, who traveled there to record the radio broadcasts that had introduced Zagreb and the surrounding territories to the Churches of Christ.
We had dinner with Mladen and learned more about the situation the nations were facing. Many people were turning to God as the troubles increased. Our time with Mladen was short, but we saw that all the fighting was only strengthening his faith and his resolve to preach Christ. In 2005, at the Pan-European Lectures in Warsaw, Poland, Mladen and Dragica were there. Twenty years earlier, the Jovanovics had lived in Warsaw, and Mladen served as professor of linguistics at the University of Warsaw. He worked diligently at the university, but he also shared his Christian faith. He invited students to his house for Bible study and worship. He and Dragica had led many to Christ, and they served as mentors and shepherds to the believers. Before the lectureship began, Mladen had contacted as many of his former students as he could and invited them to a reunion. Many of his former students came and brought their families to meet a favorite professor. At worship on Sunday, many of those people met with the church to hear Mladen preach. I remember one older lady who came carrying a leather Bible that Mladen had given her after he baptized her. At the end of the worship service, one of the men stood up and talked about the closeness to God he had experienced when he studied and worshiped with the Jovanovic family. Mladen once explained to me why the family had left Poland and returned to Yugoslavia. Dragica and Mladen had great concern for their families and their countrymen who did not know God. They went home to teach and lead their people to Christ. Mladen and Dragica traveled the United States early each year to report in person about the growth of the Zagreb church.
Afterward, the Walkers opened their home to Mladen and Dragica each year when they were in Oklahoma City. Since that time, a dinner with the Walkers, the Jovanovics and McBrides became a ritual. We all learned so much about the communication skills, wisdom and faith of Mladen. Heaven has gained a great servant and leader.
CONTACT bailey.mcbride@christianchronicle.org.
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Mladen Jovanovic encouraged our members to attend the camp. Mladen and his lovely wife Dragica have been a great blessing to the church in Warsaw and we are thankful for them.

Mladen also spent almost a week in Warsaw earlier in November and did much teaching and counseling with our members. Mladen and his family lived in Warsaw from 1972-79 when he was a visiting professor in Serbo-Croatian languages at the University of Warsaw. During that time he worked with the church in Warsaw and so he knows many of our members and he is fluent in Polish! Mladen and Dragica have been a blessing to the Lord's work in Warsaw and we are very thankful for their love for the church in Warsaw.
Also, we are very happy that Mladen and Dragica Jovanovic will be with the Warsaw congregation for several days the end of this month through the first few days in April.

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Speakers | Bob Waldron | Marvin Phillips | Ron Bainbridge | Behailu Abebe | Roger Dickson | Tex Williams | Wendell Broom | Sam Shewmaker | Howard Norton | Dan Rodriguez | Truitt Adair | Richard Baggett | Tony Coffey | Mladen Jovanovic | Rick Pinczuk | Gwynneth Curtis | Larry Henderson | David Bearden | Joyce Hardin | Ron Holland

Mladen Jovanovic
Mladen never saw a Bible until he was 23 years old.While teaching as a professor of Linguistics at the University of Zagreb in the former Yugoslavia, Jovanovic met missionaries Bud Picki and David Gatewood.
Mladen was an exchange professor, delegated by the Yugoslavian government, at the University of Warsaw, Poland, from 1971-79.After leaving Warsaw, Mladen was involved in graduate Bible studies at the Institute for Christian Studies in Austin, Texas.He then began working full-time for the church in Croatia under the direction of the elders at the Bammel Road Church of Christ in Houston, Texas.Mladen served as a missionary-in-residence at Oklahoma Christian University in 1989-90.
Having returned to the mission field, Mladen currently produces ten Christian radio programs which are broadcast over six stations in Croatia.He has recently been responsible for the Braille Bible being published in the Croation language.Mladen serves pulpit minister and evangelist for the congregation in Zagreb.The church has been active in relief work since the beginning of the war in the former Yugoslavia.The congregation in Zagreb has been able to supply food, clothing, and medical care to over 3,000 homeless people.

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